Until recently, Cruise Along had done most of her running and all of her winning on the turf. But a huge recent effort has earned her trip a to New York to try for a graded stakes win in Saturday's $100,000 Affectionately Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct where she will be tested by a tough group of fillies and mares.
"Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," a nine-show series on the ESPN networks that provides coverage of the key Visa Triple Crown prep races, returns next month.
The 4-year-old filly, Pesci, is looking to upstage her Academy Award winning owner and namesake, Joe Pesci, when she goes to the post against older fillies and mares in the Jan. 24 Sunshine Milions Ocala Breeders' Sales Distaff at Gulfstream Park.
Mambo Slew rallied from slightly off the pace and drew clear for a three-length victory in the $76,300 Blue Norther Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Wednesday at Santa Anita Park.
Aqueduct's Pick Six pool went unclaimed for the fourth consecutive race day on Wednesday, setting up a carryover pool in excess of $750,000.
Desperado Stables' grade I winner Buddy Gil worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 over Santa Anita's fast main track on Tuesday morning, but trainer Jeff Mullins said the 4-year-old gelding isn't being prepared for any race in particular.
Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ryan Fogelsonger, who has been sidelined with a tear in his shoulder muscle since a spill at Hollywood Park on Dec. 12, has been cleared to ride by doctors and should be aboard his first horses for workouts Thursday morning, agent Michelle Barsotti said.
On Saturday Ralph Ziadie is hoping an unplaced finish in the Dec. 13 What A Pleasure Stakes makes Saturday's grade III Holy Bull Stakes worth the wait.
House Party is scheduled to start next on the Jan. 24 Sunshine Millions Ocala Breeders' Sales Distaff, even though she hasn't won at the mile distance. Proud Man is also scheduled to run that day.
Fair Grounds International Ventures has been appointed as the North American agent for the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
Rabbits have forced the abandonment of the two steeplechase races from the Jan. 15 at Down Royal Racecourse in Northern Ireland, according to a published report.
Because of a deep freeze and snow expected to descend on the New York metropolitan area, live racing and simulcasting at Aqueduct has been cancelled for Thursday.
The 130th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) highlight a 2004 stakes schedule at Churchill Downs that includes five new races and record total stakes purses that will soar beyond the $9 million mark for the first time.
Evangeline Downs, which will hold its final meet at its current location in Lafayette, La., in 2004, has upped the ante for the D.S. "Shine" Young Memorial Futurity in an effort to bolster its program for 2-year-olds.
Hawk Wing, winner of the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) by 11 lengths, topped the International Classifications for horses that raced in Europe and the U. S. in 2003.
Making his stakes debut, Lorraine and Rod Rodriguez's undefeated Hosco pulled his way to the front soon after the start and stayed there, winning the $108,100 San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds going six furlongs at Santa Anita Sunday.
Laura and Eugene Melnyk's favored Harmony Lodge became a repeat winner of the $100,000 First Lady Handicap (gr. III) Sunday at Gulfstream Park, her third consecutive graded stakes victory.
Action This Day, looking to launch his 2004 campaign, will pass on Saturday's Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) and point to the Sham Stakes on Feb. 8, trainer Richard Mandella said Sunday morning.
Bobby Frankel, who did not participate in last year's inaugural $3.6 million Sunshine Millions, plans to have four startes in the 2004 series, which pits Florida and California breds in a series of eight stakes races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita parks.
James McIngvale's During fought off several challenges in the stretch and scored a one-length victory Saturday in the $221,800 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita Park.
Michael Bello's Megahertz took advantage of a slow early pace as the 5-year-old British-bred mare unleashed a quick turn of foot in the last quarter-mile to win the San Gorgiono Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Martin Cherry's Wynn Dot Conma began his 3-year-old campaign on a winning note Saturday when he passed three horses in the stretch to win the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide made an auspicious return to the races at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 11, drawing off for an impressive five-length win over American Style in a seven-furlong money allowance race.
Since Shake You Down was left off the list of finalists for an Eclipse Award as top sprinter of 2003, trainer Scott Lake is eager to get the 6-year-old to the track to prove himself, starting with the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Padua Stables Sprint Jan. 24.
B. Wayne Hughes' Action This Day, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita last Oct. 25, is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 17.
Southern Image, winner of the grade I Malibu Stakes on opening day of the Santa Anita meet, is likely to make his next start in the $1 million Barretts/CTBA Classic on the Jan. 26 Sunshine Millions card.
Extremely cold temperatures combined with high winds to put a halt to the live racing card at Aqueduct Jan. 9 after four of nine races had been run.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who is to resume riding Sunday after serving accumulated suspension days, has given his rivals a huge head start in defense of his Santa Anita riding title.
Och Tamale, a half-brother to last year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Buddy Gil, was fourth in his debut Thursday in the fifth race at Santa Anita, a $47,000 maiden race on the about 6 1/2-furlong downhill turf course.
Undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies champion Halfbridled breezed six furlongs in 1:17 1/5 on Santa Anita's fast main track Thursday morning in preparation for her 3-year-old debut in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at one mile on Feb. 15.
Television magnate Merv Griffin will try to win the $100,000 Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) Saturday at Golden Gate Fields with his surprising 3-year-old colt Skipaslew.
Bob Baffert, who won the 1998 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) with Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, has 30% of the10-horse field set to go in the $200,000 middle leg of the prestigious Strub Series at Santa Anita Park Saturday.
Martin Cherry's stakes-winner Wynn Dot Comma has been installed as the 9-5 favorite in a field of seven 3-year-olds set to contest the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
Sackatoga Stable's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide has been entered in a seven-furlong allowance/optional claiming race on Saturday's card at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is armed and ready with three runners for the second annual East vs. West showdown in the Jan. 24 Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream and Santa Anita Park. Smok'n Frolic, Music's Storm and Pick'em are all on schedule for races on the program. The 3-year-old Chapel Royal will sit out the Sunshine Millions Dash.
Maryland-bred Cruise Along had done most of her running and all of her winning on the turf, but a huge recent effort on the dirt has earned her a trip to New York to try for a graded stakes win in Saturday's $100,000 Affectionately Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares.
In a change to recently announced policy regarding reserved seats for the 2004 Saratoga season, the New York Racing Association is not requiring patrons to prepay their admission along with the reserved seat. However, the increase in prices for reserved seats remains in effect.
Sam Houston Race Park has cut purses after handle failed to meet purse projections. Overnight purses were adjusted 7%, effective Dec. 18, 2003 with the cuts to stakes purses beginning Jan. 17.
Turfway Park saw another record fall Jan. 8 when Cindy's Hobby, a 7-year-old mare, set a new track record for five furlongs on dirt. Under jockey Rafael Bejarano, the pair, carrying 122 pounds, stopped the clock at :56.93. The previous mark had been :56.98, set Feb. 23, 2002, by Salutee, who carried 115 pounds.
Fueled by full fields and strong simulcast support, the Hawthorne fall meet, which ended Dec. 31, closed with positive numbers as the first full year of racing under the joint venture of Hawthorne National LLC was completed. The spring National Jockey Club at Hawthorne meet posted strong numbers and the Suburban Downs Harness Meet was solid as well.
Regular nominations for the $3.6 million Sunshine Millions II on Jan. 24 close Jan. 10.
Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally sent Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) winner Sweet Return and runner-up Fairly Ransom out for works over Santa Anita's firm turf course Wednesday morning in preparation for a rematch in the Jan. 17 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT).
Trainer Ron Ellis says Atswhatimtalknbout is improving from the foot problem with his left fore, but he'll miss the Santa Anita meet.
In order to gain live television exposure, the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) has been moved back a day to March 14.
Joe Hampshire, New England's top rider for the past six years, has joined the Maryland jockey colony after short stints at Aqueduct and Mountaineer Park this winter.
Calder Race Course concluded its 32nd Tropical meet on Friday, Jan. 2.
Among the horses expected to compete this weekend at Gulfstream Park are House Party and Smokume from Allen Jerkens' barn and Ghost Mountain from Nick Zito's shedrow.
Badge of Silver, who hasn't raced since March of last year, had his first five furlong work in 1:00.60 last Wednesday. He's doing so well that his trainer, Ronny Werner, said he could make his comeback as early as Feb. 1 in the Whirlaway (gr. III) Handicap.
A record 648 yearlings were entered for the 2005 Vodafone Derby (Eng-I) at the initial yearling entry stage on Dec. 3, 2003--80 more than entered a year ago.
Diamond A Racing Corporation's Pleasantly Perfect, last seen winning the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), continues down the road to his first start since winning on the World Thoroughbred Championship card by working six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 with jockey Alex Solis aboard at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.
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